Madonna to be honored for top grossing tour at Billboard Awards

NEW YORK Wed May 8, 2013 11:33am EDT

Singer Madonna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of ''PUNK: Chaos to Couture'' in New York, May 6, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Singer Madonna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of ''PUNK: Chaos to Couture'' in New York, May 6, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Madonna will be honored at the Billboard Music Awards show this month for her 2012 MDNA tour, the high grossing concert tour of the year, organizers of the awards show said on Wednesday.

The singer will accept the Top Touring Artist award at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 19th for the tour that grossed more than $305 million from 88 sold-out shows and attracted an audience of 2.2 million people.

"A cultural icon, Madonna is one of the most successful and influential entertainers of all time and was recently named Billboard's Top Money Maker of 2012," Billboard said in a statement.

The chart-topping singer holds numerous other Billboard awards, including the record for the most top 10 singles (38).

In addition to her music, Madonna is also an avid art collector. On Tuesday she sold a 1921 painting by the French artist Fernand Leger, "Trois Femmes a la Table Rouge," for $7.16 million to raise money for the non-profit Ray of Light Foundation, to fund girls' education in poor countries.

The mother of four, including two adopted children from Malawi, is planning to build 10 schools in the African nation.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (3)
johngflynn657 wrote:
How nice of her..I wish more celebrities/affluent ones would emulate this kind of act.

May 08, 2013 6:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ReggiePinder wrote:
Well, since everything about Madonna is GROSS, having the highest GROSSING tour makes sense! When will this old washout retire?

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Aimelee wrote:
I’ve looked up to Madonna’s strength as an artist since I was a little girl, so it’s good to see that she’s still being recognized for her success. Although I work most Sunday nights at DISH, I’m still going to watch the Billboard Music Awards. I use DISH Anywhere to stream live TV and my DVR recordings on my tablet when I’m not at home, so I won’t miss a moment of what I’m sure will be an incredible night.

May 10, 2013 12:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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